Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere,
One of my favorite things to do is find new uses for everyday objects that no longer have value for their intended purpose. (Upcycling!)
Since, I’ve been wanting a new art journal for the longest time, I decided that I would try to make one by upcycling an old planner that I wasn’t using anymore.
This story starts with a Moleskin planner from the year 2012. (The fact that I still had a planner from three years ago, illustrates my tendancy to
hoard salavage and repurpose things… doesn’t it?) I didn’t really have to do much to this planner to change what it was. After a couple of minor alterations, all I had to do was change the way I thought about it and simply start using it in a different way. The first thing I did was adhere multiple pages together throughout the planner to make them thicker and stronger. The next thing I did was decorate the interior cover with scrapbook paper and book pages. After the planner was transformed, my approach to journaling was simple. Namely, lay out my materials and…GO.
I really like having a place where I can explore different techniques and just express myself.
Here is a gallery of my explorations so far…
Some thoughts on art journaling….
The tips of my fingers are stained with ink, but I don’t care because I’m having fun. I’m trapped in a trance and in a somewhat mindless and carefree state of being. I’m not thinking… I’m doing. I am speaking through my hands. When I am content with the finished product, I take a step back and try to interpret what I’ve done- almost forgetting the steps I took to get there. This is something words alone can’t do, especially for someone like me who thinks in images. Art journals can capture your state of being when words cannot. Best used for when you need to let go and allow your subconscious mind to speak to you.